With the pandemic making it difficult to thrive in this hectic environment, some concepts have found a way to pivot and even grow. Korean food truck Anju has launched a storefront, a handful of restaurants have launched ghost kitchens, and St. Pete's Grassroots Kava House is launching new locations across the bridge.
Surprisingly enough, Grassroots is growing its reach with not one, but two new locations—one at 5248 N Florida Ave in Seminole Heights and the other at 1925 E. 6th Ave. in Ybor City. That makes three locations including the original location has been going strong since January 2017 at 957 Central Ave. in Downtown St. Petersburg. Both new locations will debut by next Friday, Oct. 30.
Grassroots Kava House serves Fijian kava, Tampa-based Blind Tiger coffee and espresso, herbal and botanical teas, kratom tea, and local drafts such as Mother Kombucha and Tidal Boar ginger beer. The concept also creates in-house flavored syrups and offers a variety of creative craft kava cocktails. Grassroots places a strong emphasis on serving local and natural products from the Tampa Bay area.
Not only is Grassroots supporting other local brands, but it hopes to create and strengthen bonds with individuals in the area through not only its offerings but its welcoming environment with lounge spaces for guests.
“Our tribe is made up of a community of individuals; from professionals, entrepreneurs, students and health-minded individuals converging to form the Grassroots community,” reads a recent release.
If you’re unfamiliar with kava or kratom, here’s a breakdown. Kava is a pepper plant native to the South Pacific whose roots are used to make a drink known for its calming effects. Kratom Tea (or K-tea) is a tree in the coffee family, native to southeast Asia, whole leaves are widely used as a tea to aid in natural pain relief.
Grassroots offers daily specials like 25% off kava and kratom for hospitality workers on Monday, $1 off kava from 4 p.m.-close on Friday and Saturday, and bottomless drip coffee from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday.
Hours for all three locations are 7 a.m.-midnight seven days a week.
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